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Taylor Swift sounds a lot like Hitler

by Talia Lavin, JTA

August 30, 2013 | 10:15 am

Taylor Swift holds her award for best female video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 25. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Taylor Swift holds her award for best female video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 25. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

“It isn’t history that makes heroes. It’s heroes that make history,” writes Emily Pattinson on her “Real Taylor Swift Quotes” board on Pinterest.

Written in friendly, loopy script on a portrait of the singer in a fluffy pink dress, it looks both innocuous and totally plausible. The only catch? This quote is actually from Hitler.

Yes, that Hitler.

“Real Taylor Swift Quotes” is a brilliant mashup of publicity photos and quotes like the one above, from “Hitler’s Secret Conversations, 1941-44.” Other inspirational quotes from Hitler — such as “Words build bridges into unexpected regions” — look disconcertingly natural when juxtaposed with publicity stills of the pouty 23-year-old.

“Real Taylor Swift Quotes” leaves us with much to ponder: When did Hitler have time to write these nuggets of fluffy inspirational wisdom? Could Taylor Swift be harboring dictatorial ambitions? Who is this project really poking fun at? Pinterest? Swift? Hitler? Or us?

For now, we’re just happy to revel in its awesome absurdity.

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